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A note on CryptoPrevent and Ransomware32
Whenever I talk about ransomware, I often get comments about CryptoPrevent, a tool designed to prevent malware like ransomware from being able to run, and thus from infecting your machine.
With my expectation that Ransomware32 will make ransomware a tad more common, I was prepared to recommend (or at least mention) CryptoPrevent as an additional layer of security. The technique it supposedly uses seems sound. In fact, it’s so sound, I’m somewhat surprised that other tools, including Windows’ own anti-malware tools, haven’t adopted it or some variation.
In looking at the latest version of the tool and website, I was disappointed at how information about the tool was presented, and in some ways, how little information there was to be had. I don’t recall it being this way in the past, but it appears that while there is a free version, more effort has gone into promoting paid versions than to providing information and support for the average user.
So, I’ll leave it at this, which is pretty much what I’ve been saying all along: use CryptoPrevent if you like, but please don’t let it lull you into a false sense of security. In particular, don’t let your use of this tool keep you from backing up, keeping your other tools up-to-date, and using your own common sense when it comes to malware.